Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents The Effects of Personality Type on the Self-Concept, Social Interactions, and the Treatment of the Introverted Client

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work

Clinical Book Discussion Program


The Effects of Personality Type on the Self-Concept, Social Interactions, and the Treatment of the Introverted Client

Book Title Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Presenters: Aisha Shabazz, LCSW
Date:   Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Time: 2:30pm-5:30pm | 3 CEUs
Place:  Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration.

About the Book: In Quiet, author Susan Cain contends that whether you are an introvert or an extrovert affects every aspect of your life. Your personality type influences your choice of partner, friends, career, and lifestyle, as well as how those choices play out—for instance, how you advance in your career or handle differences in relationships. Researchers say a third to a half of Americans are introverts, who tend to be quiet, thoughtful, and need time alone. However, Western society is heavily skewed toward extroverts. Our culture, including schools, social institutions, and workplaces, celebrates and is shaped around an “Extrovert Ideal”—a belief that the ideal personality type is someone who is bold, sociable, and seeks the spotlight. Yet introverts have many underappreciated strengths, including empathy, persistence, concentration, creativity, and the ability to solve complex problems.

“Quiet” thinkers are responsible for many important discoveries and artistic achievements, including Einstein’s theories of gravity, Chopin’s Nocturne, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Besides scientists and artists, high-achieving introverts include Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Al Gore, and Warren Buffett. Rather than establishing strict definitions of introversion and extroversion, this book explores broad questions, such as whether introverts can be leaders, whether they should ever act like extroverts, and whether introversion/extroversion is biologically or socially determined. Further, it advocates a balance in society, school, and work that lets introverts be true to themselves and where the two personality types complement each other.

Clinical Title: The Effects of Personality Type on the Self-Concept, Social Interactions, and the Treatment of the Introverted Client

Clinical Objectives: By reading this book and participating in the discussion, attendees will:

  1. Explore inherent and socialized bias towards introverts and extroverts.
  2. Update socialized definitions of the following terms: introvert, extrovert, shy, personality, and temperament.
  3. Visualize how your individual social work practice can be enhanced by taking on and applying the introverted way of being, seeing, and doing.
  4. Challenge the extrovert ideal as it pertains to being professional social workers.
  5. Strategize about how our clients can reconcile the projected identities of extrovert and introvert from a strengths-based perspective.
  6. Dissect DSM-5 diagnostic criteria that pathologize extrovert and introvert temperaments.
  7. Explore theories behind the varying capacities to create and utilize coping strategies - under normative, crisis, and prolonged traumatic experiences.

About the PresenterAisha Shabazz is a licensed clinical social worker and solo private practice owner with a background in medical social work. Aisha completed her graduate studies at Bryn Mawr's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where she received her Master’s in Social Service and Master’s in Law and Social Policy. Aisha is not only very passionate about helping people through therapy, but she is also dedicated to helping her social work colleagues create and maintain sustainable and satisfying careers. She's a voting board member with the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) serving as the chair of the Student Support and Membership Committee. Aisha offers clinical supervision to both new professionals seeking an LCSW and professionals seeking ongoing support. You can learn more about Aisha at and read her latest blog 5 Ways to Crush Insecurity.

This event is open to PSCSW members only.
Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety to receive continuing education credits.
Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.
Cancellation Policy:
There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program. No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours’ notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for 3 clinical competence credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  •  July 11, 2020
     2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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